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Benefits, Technology, Trends

Unexpected Partners Addressing Employee Health Care: Much Needed Solutions

February 5, 2018

In the past week, three titans of industry (Amazon, JP Morgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway) who normally would not be thought of as partners, defied conventional wisdom and in a joint statement announced they are working together to solve health care. Initially they will focus and test their solutions within their own businesses and employee populations. Given that the three entities represent well over 1.2 million employees and a massive market cap, they are well positioned to make a difference. While creating solutions for their own companies, they alone are solving a problem for 1% of the employees covered on employer plans in the US.

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Communication, Benefits, Human Resources, Compensation, Trends, Well-Being

Top 10 Blogs from 2017

December 20, 2017

At the close of each year, we enjoying taking a moment to reflect on what content resonated most deeply with employers. This year we saw employers placing more emphasis on their people strategy, thinking big picture about how to best engage their people and grow their business. Check out what human resources teams are thinking about with our most popular blogs from this year.

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Benefits

Top 5 Ways to Maximize Your Employee Benefits in 2018

December 6, 2017

For a majority of employers—more than 80%—and their employees, open enrollment has started or is right around the corner. The months of October and November will be filled with meetings and decisions. Here are five tips to help you and your family make better decisions when it comes to choosing your health care and maximize your benefits in 2018:

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Benefits, Compensation

Powering an Evolution: Guiding Employees Through Change and Making an Impact

November 1, 2017

Sometimes, the hardest part of creating organizational change is getting your people to feel the change.

I saw how true this can be shortly after I joined Early Learning Indiana in early 2016. Although a process of evolution was underway when I arrived – in part because of a new, big contract and in part because our leaders recognized the need for change – I heard and saw things that told me that not everyone was feeling the difference.

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Benefits, Compliance

Pay or Play: Is Your Health Plan "Affordable" for 2018?

October 26, 2017

The Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility provision—often called the employer mandate or “play or pay”—requires large employers to offer health coverage to their full-time employees or face a potential penalty. (Employers with fewer than 50 full-time and full-time-equivalent employees are exempt.) Large employers can avoid the risk of any play or pay penalties by offering all full-time employees at least one group health plan option that meets two standards: It provides minimum value and it is affordable.

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